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South Arkansas is the greater area in Arkansas that encompasses the lower 15 counties of the state, with Union County being the most predominate. In the 1920s, nationwide attention focused on South Arkansas when the Smackover field was ranked first among the nation's oil fields. For five months in 1925, the 40-square-mile Smackover field was the focal point of one of the wildest mineral booms in North America. Today, south Arkansas's oil fields produce petroleum throughout a 10-county area.
Columbia and Union counties also stretch over one of the largest brine reserves in the world. Bromine is derived from brine, or saltwater, and local companies play an international role in the commercialization of bromine and its many applications.
News from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Oct 12, 2015 10:49 pm
LITTLE ROCK The Arkansas Economic Development Commission is distributing more than $600,000 in fines collected to schools and conservation districts for wildlife education programs.
Oct 12, 2015 7:17 pm
Johnnie Bryan Hunt Jr. has filed a lawsuit in Benton County Circuit Court against a driver he is accused of assaulting in June.
Oct 12, 2015 6:14 pm
LITTLE ROCK More than 160,000 people visited the Arkansas State Fair during its opening weekend.
Oct 12, 2015 4:13 pm
FAYETTEVILLE The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a $12.2 million grant for a new University of Arkansas research center focused on cybersecurity for electric power utilities.
Oct 12, 2015 3:55 pm
Pine Bluff police are searching for a woman who was last seen Thursday.
Oct 12, 2015 3:08 pm
Marion native Barrett Baber returns to NBC's singing competition "The Voice" on Monday as the show kicks off its first series of battle rounds.
Oct 12, 2015 10:04 am
Frustration between Little Rock Film Festival organizers and the Central Arkansas Library System resulted in the library canceling its agreement with the festival and evicting its organizers from its ...
Oct 12, 2015 10:03 am
After a vehicle fleeing from Little Rock police crashed and struck two pedestrians last month, Chief Kenton Buckner, speaking to reporters, said it may have been 27 years since his department handled ...
Oct 12, 2015 8:55 am
An intersection on U.S. 65 in southeast Arkansas will be realigned to give motorists improved sight lines and reduce the likelihood of deadly crashes that have occurred there over the years.
Oct 12, 2015 8:54 am
People who own property in Arkansas must pay their property taxes by Oct. 15 -- Thursday -- or pay a 10 percent late fee.
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